Our Team

Our talented and dedicated team is hard at work bringing our region together.

Brian Carroll


Brian is a results-driven leader with extensive experience and success in driving strategic and operational excellence. Brian loves helping people plan, optimize, and launch new initiatives.

Dr. William Aderholdt

Director, PMO

William is a driving force. He manages our land assets, identifies and maintains our partner relationships, and leads Grand Farm's Program Management Office (PMO) as Director.

Ruchi Joshi Bhardwaj

Project Coordinator

Ruchi hails from India (7,203 miles from Fargo) and believes strongly in the Fargo community after residing here for 12 years. She works to identify funding opportunities and other potential projects.

Andrew Jason

Special Projects Coordinator

After spending 8 years at Spotlight Media as the Editorial Director, Andrew joined the Grand Farm team focusing on planning and executing new initiatives and our many events and meetups.

Greg Tehven

Executive Director, Emerging Prairie

Greg is the Executive Director of Emerging Prairie, and supports Grand Farm through strategy, leadership, and supporting our relationships with our partners.

Lee Schwartz

Director of Marketing

Lee focuses on our marketing and communications strategy, as well as maintaining the relationships between our many partners and supporters across the region and country.

Andrew Parsons

Marketing Manager

Andrew's responsibilities focus on the management of our marketing channels. From our website, to social media, to content creation, Andrew executes our marketing strategy.

Our Board of Directors

Made up of supporters, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs. These folks guide our work forward.

Mike Derheim

Board Chair

Co-Founder of Prime Digital Academy

Taya Spelhaug

Board Member

TechSpark Manager at Microsoft

Jay Schuler

Board Member

Regional Ag Entrepreneur

Cynthia Schreiber-Beck

Board Member

North Dakota State Representative

Mark Watne

Board Member

President, North Dakota Farmers Union